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Need an affordable computer to run basic software? Consider this refurbished MacBook Air.

TL;DR: As of August 24, you can get a Refurbished MacBook Air(opens in a new tab) for just $290.99 instead of $1,399 — that’s a 79% discount.


The newest, flashiest computers have some great bells and whistles, but you probably don’t need the latest hardware if you’re just checking emails or running Google Docs. And while 5TB of hard drive space could be great, you could get more with good cloud storage without worrying about losing everything to a wayward cup of coffee.

It may make more sense to consider a beater computer(opens in a new tab) that can run your basic, everyday programs than an expensive computer that usually runs essential software. This refurbished MacBook Air is on sale for just $290.99, and it could be an excellent machine for simple computing that has to get done daily. 

An affordable alternative to a brand-new computer

If you spend a lot of your computer time in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, or other lightweight productivity programs, then you may not need a high-cost, top-spec machine. This refurbished MacBook has an Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. It isn’t the most powerful computer, but it could be an affordable workhorse if your typical workflow doesn’t involve demanding apps like 4K video editing, 3D modeling, or testing games. This one even comes with a wireless mouse.

You could also use this little computer as an excellent streaming machine. Want to enjoy a documentary on a wider screen than your phone’s while still being able to move around the house? Throw it onto your MacBook Air. You could even connect a wireless speaker or headphones via Bluetooth for more immersive sound. 

Though this is a refurbished computer(opens in a new tab), it has a “B” rating, meaning it may only have some light scuffing, dings, or dents on the body of the computer. Of course, those could also be covered up by the snap-on black case that’s included with this bundle. 

Delegate some of your computing to an affordable laptop

You may not need a brand new computer for the work you’re doing. Instead, get this refurbished MacBook Air(opens in a new tab) for $290.99 (Reg. $1,399). 

Prices subject to change.

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